Friday, April 19, 2024

Does NBC Know When the SAG Strike Ends? Timothee Chalamet is Booked to Host Next “SNL”


NBC must know something we don’t. They’ve booked Timothee Chalamet for “SNL” on November 11th.

Chalamet is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, which is on strike. As a member of SAG, Chalamet would be prevented from promoting his new Warner Bros. movie, “Wonka,” which opens December 15th.

“SNL” cast members are under a different contract than regular SAG. They are allowed to work on the show. Actors under the main contract cannot promote their projects. (That’s how Christopher Walken made it on tonight– just for fun.) If the strike isn’t over, it’s hard to believe Chalamet could appear as host of “SNL.”

But maybe NBC and Lorne Michaels know something we don’t. They’ve also got Michael Shannon booked for Jimmy Fallon on Monday. I guess he could chew it up with Jimmy on various topics not attached to movie or TV projects. But Chalamet’s hosting would certainly be more problematic.

Hey — it’s good news that NBC and Warner Bros, the “Wonka” studio, think it will all be over by November 11th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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